16 Dishes You Can Eat at Spam Jam 2018

Here are some of the Spam-inspired creations local restaurants are concocting for this weekend.

Those Spam slippers are looking a little ragged and you would like to upgrade your Spam headphones to Spam earbuds. We hear you.


Fortunately, Spam Jam is happening Saturday, when we celebrate all things made with the meat in the rectangular blue can. There is, of course, the usual pig- and Spam-inspired gear for sale but most go for the food. This year, the festival has the biggest lineup of restaurants ever—22—dishing up everything from Spam kouign amann to the usual musubi.


Here is a look at 16 dishes being served up on Kalākaua Avenue this weekend, plus some random Spam facts from spam.com, so you can impress the other #spamfans. Street cred.


ABC Stores

Spam Dynamite

Spam dynamite

Rice, furikake and fried Spam topped with dynamite sauce and green onion. $6.


Aloha Table

Spam and Kobe Beef Premium Loco Moco

Loco moco

Kobe beef, thick gravy, a soft egg and a slice of personalized Aloha Table Spam. $10.


Fun Fact 1: Big Ben is 1,163 Spam cans tall. We suggest waiting to test this until renovations of the clock tower are complete in 2021.


Basalt Restaurant

Spam Monkey Bread

A Great American Spam Championship recipe winner, this traditional bread is baked with a cinnamon caramel topping and a healthy dose of Spam. Price unavailable.


Búho Mexican Cocina and Cantina

Two Spam Tacos or One Burrito

Buho tacos

Tortillas with sautéed cubes of Spam, onion, corn and salsa topped with a handful of greens. $8.


Eggs ’n Things

Mini Haupia Spam Cheesecake Cups with Chocolate Oreo Crust

Spam cheesecake

Cheesecake. Oreos. Spam. Hmm. Price unavailable.


Flour & Barley

Aloha Pie

Spam pizza

Spam, bacon, Maui Gold pineapple, mozzarella and calabrian chili on top of a classic pizza crust. $7.


Fun Fact 2: 12.8 cans of Spam are eaten every second in the world. Better get moving.


Gordon Biersch

Local Kine Spam Wonton Nachos

Crispy fried Asian chips topped with Spam, pickled cucumber, pineapple salsa, cucumber wasabi, Sriracha and fresh green onion. $7.


Herringbone Waikīkī

Spam Poke Bowl

Poke bowl

Cubed Spam in poke seasoning. Price unavailable.


Fun Fact 3: There are 15 different Spam varieties sold. Great bar game idea.


Hula Grill

Spicy Buffalo-style Spam Sandwich

Spam fried in a mix of cayenne-based hot sauce, vinegar, butter and various other seasonings, perched on a slaw of celery, green apple and lettuce in a brioche bun. $8.


Kona Coffee Purveyors

b. patisserie Spam Furikake Kouign Amann

Kouign amann

The buttery, flakey lovechild of a croissant and a palmier filled with salty spam and furikake. $7.


Mahaloha Burger

Pineapple and Teriyaki Spam Burger

Spam burger

Local grass-fed beef patties doused with teriyaki sauce, Spam and pineapple. $8.  


Noi Thai Cuisine

Pineapple Spam Fried Rice

The restaurant’s popular pineapple fried rice with chunks of sautéed spam, shredded omelet, green mango, green beans and sweet pork. $12.


Questionable Fact: Spam.com says a canjo is a banjo made using a Spam can. The American Canjo Co., however, disagrees.


PF Chang’s Hawai‘i

Spam Lo Mein Noodles

The classic Chinese dish of lo mein noodles, stir-fried veggies and mushrooms with Spam instead of char siu. $9.


Reef Bar & Market Grill

50/50 Spam Reuben sliders

A half-corned-beef-and-half-Spam patty is served on a slider with sauerkraut, pineapple, Russian dressing and melted Swiss cheese. $12.


Fun Fact: One Spam plant produces 350 cans a minute. So, by our calculations, 2.19 factories are needed just to fulfill fun fact No. 2 (above).


Stripsteak/The Street

Spam-loaded Tater Tots

Spam tater tots

Tater tots drizzled with cheese sauce and cubes of fried Spam. $7.


Waikīkī Yokocho

Spam Takoyaki

Spam takoyaki

The traditional fried balls of egg batter filled with Spam instead of tako, and topped with takoyaki sauce, mayo and dried bonito. $5.


Spam Jam Festival is Saturday, April 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. on Kalākaua Avenue between Seaside and Lili‘uokalani avenues. Spamjamhawaii.com.


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Honolulu: April 27–29, 2018